Assad Advances in Damascus and Aleppo

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are making progress around the country’s two main cities, Aleppo and Damascus. Even though his government also suffered several setbacks during spring and summer, the net gains are very significant—not in terms of square kilometers won, but with regard to the strategic importance of the territory recaptured.

Many observers seemed to assume that the pendulum had now swung back in favor of the rebels. With Russian and Iranian backing, Assad made serious progress in January and February, but then, after a shaky cessation of hostilities negotiated by Russia and the United States, the regime’s military offensives seemed to fade. The opposition took heart from rumors of Russian-Iranian disagreements over their alliance with Assad, reports about massive arms deliveries to the rebels during the ceasefire, and claims that select opposition groups had been supplied with air-defense weapons. Whether such weapons were indeed distributed or not, a number of government jets and helicopters have recently crashed or been damaged.


The Syrian government has indeed lost territory on several fronts. The self-proclaimed Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that fights both Assad and other insurgents, thwarted the army’s ambition to expand further from Palmyra, which was seized in a Russian-backed offensive in March. Jihadi raids on the army’s flanks drew troops deeper into the desert, forcing them to man outposts and conduct clearing operations instead of concentrating their forces. The government also lost important gas infrastructure around the Shaer fields, and has still not managed to retake it. All the while, the Islamic State attacks continued to destabilize the isolated government enclave in Deir Ezzor, which Assad’s army has fought to keep for several years.

South of Aleppo, a joint offensive by non-Islamic State jihadists and mainstream Sunni rebels had slowly eaten away at a bulge of rural territory that Iranian-backed Shia militias had expanded last winter. The rebels seized Khan Touman and the high ground of Jabal Eiss, which had been intended to serve as jump-off points for offensives into Aleppo and Idlib. Government forces were also retreated from positions they had recently seized in the mountains of northern Latakia governorate, being pushed out of a pocket of useful high ground around Kinsibba.

In June, too, an army offensive toward the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates—which would have positioned Assad’s forces to profit from an unexpected weakening of the Islamic State at it was attacked by rival Kurdish forces—turned into a complete fiasco. After seizing a long stretch of desert road, the pro-government militia that was supposed to spearhead the offensive suddenly folded and fled back to government-held regions in the west. Although military officials in charge presented it as a tactical retreat, the affair seemed to illustrate the slow withering of central command-and-control capabilities in Assad’s forces. As militias and foreign troops take over more and more of the army’s responsibilities, his commanders are being forced to herd militia commanders and minor warlords into attaining the same objectives, not always successfully. It also raised the issue of Assad’s over-reliance on his foreign backers, since the retreating troops blamed Russia for failing to provide enough air support.

While forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have suffered setbacks, recent advances have managed to reclaim strategic territories.Map of Syria in June 2015, by deSyracuse (@deSyracuse).


These signs of weakness came against a backdrop of disagreement over strategy and the distribution of resources among Assad’s allies. In mid-March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would withdraw some of his forces from Syria. While this was mostly for show and much of the Russian Air Force remained active, it fed talk of Assad being under pressure and of Russian-Iranian disagreements.

However, despite their somewhat diverging goals, Russia and Iran have sought to coordinate their efforts in Syria, reinforcing each others’ interventions in order to best support Assad. In June, there were signs that something was in the works. Airstrikes picked up speed around Aleppo, and troops began pouring into the city. While their exact purpose wasn’t clear, they “certainly didn’t come to picnic,” as a military source put it to a Lebanese reporter in early June. Pro-Assad media now spoke openly of the impending launch of a “broad military offensive.”

On June 9, the defense ministers of Syria, Iran, and Russia met in Tehran to coordinate their views on the war, the truce, and the political talks in Geneva. The three countries agreed to form apermanent contact group to harmonize their political and military approaches, and the Iran- and Assad-friendly Lebanese daily al-Akhbar claimed that new offensives would now be launched in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor. High-level contacts continued to multiply. On June 18, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a surprise visit to Syria to meet with Assad. A week later, Syrians, Russians, and Iranians jointly made their move in Aleppo.


When the offensive began on June 25, after a string of probing attacks, Russia was already days into a campaign of massive aerial bombardments in the Aleppo region. Iran had dispatched military advisors and Shia Islamist fighters from the pro-Iranian Lebanese group Hezbollah to shore up government lines in the city, while Assad threw some of his best troops into the fight.

By July 7, the pro-Assad forces had seized new territory in the Mallah farmlands, located along the northwestern approaches to Aleppo. This allowed them to fire directly on the so-called Castello Road, named after a nearby restaurant. Simultaneously, government forces attacked from the other side of the road, pushing into the densely built-up Bani Zeid-Liramoun area, which had been under relentless bombardment for nearly two weeks.

Assad’s forces had already seized the other main rebel supply route, through the northern Azaz Corridor, in February. By shutting down the Castello Road, the government has thus cut the last supply line into rebel-held Aleppo. Unless the pro-government forces are pushed back from Mallah and other areas around Castello Road, the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo will be at the government’s mercy. “Currently nobody can get in or out of Aleppo,” a leader of an Aleppo-based rebel group told Reuters. Though opposition forces have counter-attacked furiously over the past few days, both in the Mallah area and inside Aleppo city, they have so far been unable to dislodge the pro-regime forces.

A full siege of eastern Aleppo could have terrible consequences for the remaining civilian population, which, although much reduced in comparison to what it was before the war, is believed to be larger than that of any area previously placed under siege by the government. The Syrian government has often used sieges to deprive civilians of food and medicine, in order to force pro-rebel communities to accept unfavorable ceasefires. Many now assume that the same course of action will be followed in Aleppo and prices in the city have already shot up, as residents and merchants begin to stockpile basic necessities.


In Damascus, too, Assad’s forces have been making slow progress. West of the capital, the rebel-held satellite town of Darayya—which has long been under siege and suffered from a lack of food and fuel—is being squeezed by the army, which has moved slowly to peel away rebel-controlled territory from its perimeter. If Darayya falls or is forced to conclude a truce, that will mean the regime has cleared the rebels out of every area of significance in western Damascus.

A deal is also being negotiated in southern Damascus, where the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk is jointly controlled by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the Islamic State. According to the pro-government Damascus daily al-Watan, the jihadi factions will be allowed to evacuate to northern Syria along with those civilians who prefer to go with them. The camp will then be handed over to the army and Palestinian militias, in order for it to be jointly administered by the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Syrian government. A similar deal was negotiated half a year ago, but it was frozen after the death of the influential rebel leader Zahran Alloush on December 25, and never revived. Should the jihadi rebels evacuate the camp this time, the Syrian government will have rid themselves of the main threat to the southern suburbs of the capital.

That leaves the enclave of rebel-held territory in the east, an area known as the Eastern Ghouta. It is one of Syria’s most heavily militarized opposition areas and has long been seen to pose a strategic threat to Assad’s hold on the capital. The enclave, which has been contained by a government siege since 2013, was long dominated by Alloush’s Islam Army, but his death shook things up. In late March, battles erupted between the Islam Army and the other two main factions of the enclave, Failaq al-Rahman, which espouses a nationalist-Islamic rhetoric and uses Free Syrian Army symbols, and the Fustat Army, which is a coalition between the Nusra Front and a non-ideological local faction. The infighting split the Eastern Ghouta between the rebel factions, weakened its defenses, and allowed the Syrian government to focus their fire on one group at the time. Since then, Assad’s forces have broken off the entire southern part of the Ghouta enclave, perhaps a quarter of its territory. It is the most serious setback to the insurgency in the Damascus area in years and the rebels are still losing territory, as government troops dig into Islam Army-held territory on the enclave’s eastern boundary.


Whether or not Bashar al-Assad controls the farmlands and mountainsides of Kinsebba or Jabal Eiss will not change the course of the war. But insofar as Assad can imagine a road to military victory, it certainly passes through Damascus and Aleppo. These are pivotal battlefields. If at some point the Syrian president manages to isolate and finally neutralize the opposition in Aleppo city and in the East Ghouta, like he did with the rebel stronghold in Homs in spring 2014, he will have robbed the opposition of its most important assets. The rebels would be reduced to controlling bombed-out rural zones and a few provincial towns such as Idlib, severely undercutting their claim to national relevance. These are places that could still serve as bases for a potent insurgency, but they are also places that Assad can live without, even in the long term, while he focuses on strengthening his hand in more economically and politically valuable parts of Syria.

What has long looked like a lame duck insurgency, which continues to fight but has no real hope of achieving its political objectives, would at that point look more like a lost cause. It is not realistic to imagine that Western, Turkish, or Arab funders of the insurgency would want to relaunch a contest for the major cities if the opposition is rooted out from them in the way it was from Homs. Instead, such a defeat would be likely to prompt a rethinking of strategies in regional and Western capitals and, in some of them, an admission of defeat.

Even that would be unlikely to end the fighting in Syria. The insurgency is certainly dependent on foreign backing, but it is at its root a domestic affair. Thousands of rebels would continue fighting, even if they were forced to go underground in areas now under government control. The jihadi-held areas in the east would continue to pose a problem, and the powerful Kurdish areas in the north, which are now effectively autonomous, would certainly resist a full regime restoration.

The Assad government seems too inflexible to opt for a strategy of political decentralization, power-sharing, or appeasement, and it is almost certainly too weak, illegitimate, and economically depleted to go for a complete military victory. Yet, continued military advances in Aleppo and Damascus could very well change the dynamics of the conflict and the way that the world, or some of it, interacts with Assad. For the Syrian president and his allies, ensuring the incapacity and failure of the mainstream opposition is a goal worth fighting for—it’s not a full victory or even a guarantee of regime survival, but the closest thing on offer.


anti assad protests

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

Goddamn do I hate these Judaized, Westoxified, colonized, House Arab, House Muslim motherfuckers, goddamn them all to hell. I’m sick right now. The reason? Allow me to introduce you to the Refugees of Rap, a “Hip-Hop” group which specializes in REGIME CHANGE RAP. No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. REGIME CHANGE RAP. Cut from the same cloth as the “emcees” funded by the US State Dept and Mossad-CIA tools Khaled M and Omar Offendum, Al-Jazeera says the Refugees of Rap are waging a “lyrical war” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There are four quite glaringly disturbing things about these agent provocateurs, beyond the mere obviousness of how disgusting it is that Global South “MCs” are spewing bars in the name of a Zionist-Imperialist coup agenda.

Firstly, the Yarmouk tripartite is funded by the UN and… wait for it… THE FRENCH REGIME, arguably the most active former colonialist power in agitating for Assad’s ouster, and were in fact granted asylum directly by Paris, which expedited their visas because it wanted them to “continue their project”. Imagine, “revolutionary Hip-Hop” artists fully backed by the usurping Zionist entity’s favorite instrument for international cover-ups, the UN, and Zionist-occupied France. Not to mention of course, they’re getting press coverage from the Qatari tyrant’s premier propaganda organ, Al-Jazeera, which just might be the single-most important element in brainwashing the Ummah’s youth and whipping up Arab-Muslim “popular” support for the entire assault on the Syrian Arab Republic. Colonialists, globalists and GCC despots, the very peaks of “resistance”, ain’t they? The irony is apparently more than lost on these fools.

Secondly, the Refugees of Rap invoked “Ibrahim Qashoush” as their inspiration for pursuing “regime change” in Syria through their music. “Qashoush”, as many of you may know, went viral with “his” song “Syrian Revolutionary Dabke”, also known as “Yallah, Irhal Ya Bashar”. It is said–repeated ad nauseam really, in near-robotic fashion–that he was killed by the Syrian government, which allegedly slit his throat and ripped his vocal chords out. Cool story, right? And that’s exactly what it is. A cool, calm, collected, calculated STORY cooked up in the bowels of Langley and Herzliya. The song attributed to “Qashoush” most definitely was and is (since Refugees of Rap continue its destabilizing legacy) part of the ongoing Zionist media war against Syria.

Just look at the language in the video’s description: “Response from the streets of Hama to Bashar’s speech, with additional music & translation added by the Creative Syrian Revolution.” There is no evidence of any singer whatsoever in the video. The “additional music” is in fact ALL of the music. I ran the song by numerous producers that I work with, all of whom are brilliant beyond measure and operate with the absolute top-of-the-line in recording software and equipment, and they confirmed to me that the song is indeed 100% studio produced, no ifs, ands or buts about it. The “Creative Syrian Revolution”, for the record, is a Facebook page operated by “activists” from none other than the Syrian Human Rights Committee, an organization I exposed in my very first Syria article,“Kiss Of ‘Democratic’ Death: Israel’s Plot To Take Down Syria I”. The SHRC is Mossad-linked as well as Soros-backed via HRW and Amnesty.

The nail in the coffin about “Qashoush” and the track itself though comes from the Sulzberger-owned New York Times: “No one in Hama seems to agree on who wrote the song”, indicating undoubtedly that the song did not come from inside Syria (even among the “revolutionist” turncoats and Takfiri sympathizers) but abroad. And, “He was relatively unknown before July 4, when his body was found, then buried in the city’s Safa cemetery, near the highway.” Yeah, relatively unknown because he doesn’t exist, hence why I put “Ibrahim Qashoush” in quotation marks. “Ibrahim Qashoush” is in fact a media creation and a myth used by the Anglo-Zionist Empire to coopt Arab-Muslim artists and weaponize their music as putschist hasbara. Getting REALLY deep into the dirt, even the pictures of “Qashoush” are fishier than fishy. If one compares the alleged “live” photo of “Qashoush” with the alleged “dead” photo of “Qashoush”, you don’t have to be a forensics expert to figure out this isn’t a matter of distortion/disfigurement in death but totally different photographs of totally different people! It’s astounding that not a single analyst has picked up on any of this! And it’s even more astounding that the Refugees of Rap are doing what they’re doing based on a fictional character spoonfed to them by the enemies of humanity!

qashoush alive


Here is “Qashoush” living and breathing so we’re told.Here is “Qashoush” dead so we’re told. Two different persons; it’s clearer than the blueness of the sky on a bright, sunny day.

Thirdly, Al-Jazeera’s profile of the “regime change” rappers reveals that they recorded much of their music “secretly” in Yarmouk, ostensibly to duck the Syrian government’s Moukhabarat (security services). But it is a well-established fact now, although the likes of Electronic “Intifada”, Mondoweiss and the other usual “Palestine Solidarity Movement” activist suspects continue to fail miserably on the topic, that Yarmouk was overrun by the Takfiri terrorist scourge–first the FSA and then Nusra followed by Mossad Daesh–not the Syrian government, and these Wahhabi thugs subsequently looted businesses, occupied homes, carried out massacres and committed various other crimes that led to the mass exodus from the once-vibrant, Palestinian-Syrian city-camp. And considering the Wahhabi-Takfiri character of these rebels and their absolute hatred of music, how is it that Refugees of Rap were able to record their music without any hassle whatsoever while others who merely PLAYED music in their cars or boomboxes or stereo systems were at the very best lashed and beaten and at the very worst decapitated? It’s an amazingly relevant question. With the French regime being among the top backers of the Takfiris as well as the funders and asylum-facilitators of these putrid “Hip-Hop”pretenders, were the Takfiris placing their hateful, un-Islamic ideology aside and giving the Refugees of Rap protection because they shared the same “regime change” agenda? Certainly appears that way.

Which brings me to the fourth, final and perhaps most infuriating point of all. The members of the Refugees of Rap are Palestinian (Yaser and Muhammad Jamous), Algerian (Ahmad) and Syrian (Muhammad Jawad). What in the name of all that is good and proper in the world are Palestinians, an Algerian and a Syrian rapping about “regime change” in Syria for and taking money FROM THE FRENCH REGIME to further their careers along?


It is the French regime which wiped out MILLIONS in its 132-year colonization of Algeria, not to mention millions of indigenous persons elsewhere, and it is the French regime which helped the usurping, genocidal, artificial Jewish entity build its illegal arsenal of nuclear weapons in Dimona, a program that threatens not only Palestine and the Ummah but the whole damn planet.

Meanwhile, it is the Syrian Arab Republic which remains the only Arab state to provide guns, bullets, missiles, rockets and other forms of military gear to the Palestinian Resistance and is also the only Arab state to treat Palestinians as equals and brothers, granting them the same benefits and human rights enjoyed by all Syrians. AND! Syria has backed Algeria fully during these most tumultuous times in which France and AFRICOM have attempted to destabilize the Algerian state on more than one occasion. It literally doesn’t get anymore ANTI-PALESTINIAN, ANTI-ALGERIAN and ANTI-SYRIAN than France! Are they not aware of how insanely backwards all this is? Or is it that they are actually very well aware and simply have no dignity or sense of history, homeland, identity and liberationist consciousness, thus making it perfectly okay in their colonized minds to go right along with the “regime change” plot. Whether they know it or not is ultimately extraneous, as these individuals have greatly betrayed their respective original and adoptive countries and brought forth a tsunami of disgrace upon them.

Hip-Hop, very similar to Jihad, is a vehicle for change, resistance, revolution and awakening when the target of such actions is legitimate. Just like there is no “Jihad” when the guns, ammo, media backing, medical treatment, logistics, intelligence and overall agenda are American and ‘Israeli’, there is no “Hip-Hop” when your beats, rhymes and message are bought and paid for by Empire Judaica and its vassals. Verily, it is this hypocrisy that unites Refugees of Rap and the Wahhabi-Takfiri filth that has occupied Syria: Despite all of the helping hands given to them by the Zionist Power Matrix, they still delusionally act as if they are legitimate “Jihadis” in regards to the latter and “emcees” in regards to the former. Takfiri-sympathizing has no place in revolutionary, anti-Zionist, anti-Imperialist discourse, and “regime change rap” has no place in Hip-Hop. Period.

Expose the Refugees of Rap and tear them down as you would any other betrayer, hater and destabilizer of Syria.

They made their bed–with French, UN and Qatari help–so now it’s time for them to lay in it.

As for real Jihad, look no further than Hizbullah, Ansarullah, the IRGCand the Iraqi Resistance. And as for real Resistance Hip-Hop, where real Jihad just so happens to meet in a beautiful, Musical-Mouqawamist nexus, look no further than Blak Madeen (Yusuf Abdul-Mateen and Al-J), Rafiqi Green, Khanverse and Madd Cold. We got you more than covered.

Phony Reports of Starvation in Madaya, Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Spurious reports of Syrian and Hezbollah responsibility for alleged Madaya starvation are part of continued propaganda war on Damascus.

Western and Arab media used earlier taken unrelated photos, images of skin and bone bodies, widely circulating, falsely claiming they reflect Madaya starvation, wrongfully blaming Damascus for imposing siege conditions.

Obama’s war on Syria created dire conditions throughout the country. Deplorable ones exist. Overwhelming human suffering persists, exacerbated by US special forces directly aiding terrorist elements and its warplanes bombing vital infrastructure and other government targets.

Images shown are earlier ones from Amman, Jordan, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, the area’s terrorist-held Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and a European one – unrelated to Madaya.

They’re circulating widely to vilify Assad’s government, notably ahead of late January peace talks

“Madaya starves,” the New York Times spuriously reported, substituting propaganda for hard truths – irresponsibly claiming “reports of people dying from starvation and being killed while trying to leave,” outrageously blaming Damascus.

It cited phony reports of Madaya residents “living on grass and leaves, and seeing family members dying of hunger or killed by (Syrian and Hezbollah) snipers…”

Al Jazeera has been featuring spurious “starving in Syria” propaganda reports, citing Madaya conditions, calling them a “weapon” against civilians, irresponsibly blaming Damascus.

Washington bears full responsibility for overwhelming Syrian suffering, using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as imperial foot soldiers – deliberately targeting civilians, committing appalling atrocities, conflict outrageously blamed on Damascus.

Hezbollah accused terrorists in Madaya of using residents as human shields, denying them food, preventing aid supplies from reaching them.

Damascus supports humanitarian aid wherever needed in Syria. Terrorists block its availability, their forces responsible for killing civilians in cold blood.

Syrian forces delivered vital essentials to life to Madaya, Shaghin, Sarghaya and other areas – their ability only constrained by ISIS and other terrorists’ activities.

A Syrian popular forces statement said in various regions, delivered “humanitarian aid is under (terrorist) control and kept in warehouses” – sold to Syrians able to afford it, denied others.

Terrorist fighters prevent Madaya residents from fleeing to safe havens, their snipers killing them. These elements bear full responsibility for dire humanitarian conditions throughout the country.

Syrian efforts to provide aid go unreported. Western and regional propaganda blames Assad for US-supported terrorist crimes – complicit with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and other rogue allies.

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Exposed Lies and Fabrications!

The Syria Times

The ongoing savage and inhumane war against the Syrians uses every possible means of slaughter and killing, including the psychological tools of propaganda, fabrications and lies. It is clear that even the so-called objective and transparent  media outlets in the West have played the leading role of disinformation about the ongoing in Syria.

The reality of facts on the ground, though of the tsunami of lies, have become clear depicting the reality of the fight by the Syrians against AL-Qaeda Wahabi affiliates of more than a hundred country! The message of peace, dialogue and determination to fight terrorism has been clearly conveyed objectively and transparently by , first and foremost the President of Syria H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad, in tens of international, local speeches and interviews.

Accordingly  one can’t but wonder how could some of the besieged  foreign-backed and armed to teeth terrorists, some affiliated to Qatar, other to Turkey, others to the Saudi Wahabbi monarchy, other are of different multinational affiliations, depending on who would pay more, have the most sophisticated weapons of killing and destruction! At times even air-lifted  and parachuted ‘by-mistake’ and by the USA! The arms discovered in  the terrorists hideouts and hands are the same used by the ewes and Israeli armies .

Thus, Al-Qaeda affiliates not only play with humans’ lives as shields and for other non-human uses and exploitations, but play with the poor Syrians loaf of bread! According to documented reports, the terrorists robe and  stockpile all the Syrian Government dispatched human aids, including those of the Red Crescent and of the Red Cross as well!

 This photo that has gone viral on the web to win the world sympathy and turn it into a global condemnation of the Damascus government has been taken in Amman, the Jordanian capital, and belongs to a Syrian refugee covered in an al-Arabiya news channel report in January 2014, where she was called Syria’s Mona Liza, the Iranian FNA reported.

The Arab and western media outlets have been releasing images of Madaya town in the past few days which is now under the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces’ control. The images show that the residents of this town are starving and the pro-Syrian government forces prevent sending foodstuff to them.

The al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera news channels along with other Saudi-affiliated media outlets in the region and the western media have released several reports about this issue in the past few days and the February 14 Movement has also launched propaganda against Hezbollah in Lebanon, all claiming that people in the Syrian town are dying of starvation under the siege of the Syrian army and Hezbollah.

Now, the question is if the reality is what these media outlets claim? It is clear that given the state of war in the region, the humanitarian situation in Madaya and other towns is fragile but the lies about the real conditions of the people should be revealed.

The Fake Images

The images released by the Arab and western media about the besieged people in Madaya are painful; they show children who have turned into a piece of skeleton or the adults who are dying of starvation.

By searching the images on the internet, one will understand that they either belong to other regions in Syria or are not related to the country at all.

A number of fake images released in the social media and by the Arab and western media are here.

This image has been extensively released in the Saudi-affiliated media and its caption claims: The girl on the left hand side has not turned into what you can see on the right after long time of starvation in the besieged town of Madaya.

But the reality is that the image is for a Lebanese child from South Lebanon as documented by Al-Jadid TV, which interviewed the family of the child including her mother, father and cousin.

To watch the interviews follow this link please:

 But the right image also belongs to a boy taken in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, and isn’t related to Madaya town at all.

Another Instance:

Al-Jazeera’s tweeter page has released the image of a man and has claimed that he is one of Madaya residents.

Other Saudi-affiliated media outlets have also released the image claiming that he is a hungry man in Madaya, FNA added.

But this image belongs to a refugee in Europe, which had been released in 2009. You can visit the image on this page and see the date for yourselves.

 I look beyond the empty cross
forgetting what my life has cost
and wipe away the crimson stains
and dull the nails that still remain


Al-Arabiya al-Hadath has claimed that this image belongs to a child in Madaya, while it has been taken of a child in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, where Palestinians have long been taken hostage by the ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists.

Below is the photo of the same child at Yarmouk camp that was taken on 31 March 2014.


This image which has gone viral on the internet under the Saudi-driven claims that he has died in Zahiya is also related to Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb where a man died of cold, malnutrition and disease. You can see the real news and image here.

Such images are galore and go immediately viral on the social media these days, but with a little search, anyone can find out that the claims made about them are no more than lies.

Allegations about Food Blockade:

The Arab and western media have claimed that Hezbollah and Syrian army forces are preventing the dispatch of foodstuff to Madaya town.

But the reality is that the Syrian forces have allowed tens of truckloads of food and medical aids and cargoes into Madaya, Shaghin and Sarghaya.

And this fact has been stressed in a statement released by the media center of the Syrian popular forces. “The humanitarian aids are under the terrorist groups’ control and kept in their warehouses in the city center. They (the terrorists) sell the aids to those civilians who can afford to buy them,” the army and popular forces’ statement said.

Another important point also is that many residents of Madaya who seek to leave the town are prevented by the terrorist leaders.

This is while the agreements between the Syrian government and the terrorists, brokered by the UN, emphasize that 300 terrorists should surrender to the Syrian authorities and leave Madaya but this was opposed by other terrorists and not implemented. Also, the terrorists don’t allow the wounded to be transferred from Madaya and have threatened to target the vehicles carrying them.

Therefore, the terrorists present in Madaya should account for the chaotic humanitarian situation in the town more than any other party.

Selective Human Rights

A look at the besieged regions of Kafria and Foua’a regions in Idlib province as well as al-Zahra and Nubl in Northwest of Aleppo province that are totally ignored by the Arab and western media shows that they aren’t concerned about the humanitarian crises or human rights issues at all since these Shiite-populated towns have been besieged for years and photos show that the residents of Foua’a have resorted to eating grass and herbs, but the Saudi-led and western media outlets are mum. The Syrian army has several times tried to airdrop flour bags and bread to them after going through the terrorists’ intensive fire. The Arab and western media have not released even one single report on the situation of these regions’ residents.

The Saudi-affiliated and western media streams which enjoy abundant financial and technical possibilities compared with the resistance media have been playing with their audience’s sentiments and cover reports based on their owners’ desires and interests, while the least important issue for them is human rights.


The situation of people in the town of Foua’a that has long been under siege by the terrorists

Finally, the situation in Foua’a, Kafria, al-Zahra and Nubl as well as Madaya is for real vital, but the terrorists are the main culprits behind the situation and they are supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The FNA report concluded that the Saudi media are trying to magnify one through fake images and let the others die in news blackout, otherwise not even a single person informed of news and developments can accept that Saudi Arabia is concerned about people’s lives in Madaya, while attacking and slaughtering innocent civilians in Sana’a and Sa’da in Yemen with different missiles, cluster bombs and US and UK-made ammunition.

According to the Lebanese Daily Star, the family of a south Lebanon girl depicted in a photo that went viral alleging to show a starving child from a besieged Syrian border town has expressed anger over the incident.

“They took it too far this time,” Rosine Mazeh, the grandmother of 7-year-old Marianna Mazeh, told Al-Jadeed from their village of Tay Filsey in a report broadcast Saturday.

She said the photo of her smiling brown-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter was originally posted to Facebook three years ago and had been doctored several times in the past by individuals promoting different causes.

Most recently, the photo was circulated in a side-by-side with images depicting a skeletal figure said to be suffering from malnutrition as a result of a Syrian army siege in the town of Madaya, located several kilometers east of Lebanon’s border.

Several other photos circulating on social media and picked up by some international news agencies that alleged to show starvation from the town have also been revealed as fakes.

“It has affected her a lot,” Mazeh said. “Every time someone brings it up she puts her head down and becomes shy. At school, they keep on talking about the topic. She’s not comfortable with it at all.”

Abdel-Wahhab Mazeh, the girl’s uncle, said the photo was taken outside a mini market in their village where she had gone to buy chewing gum.

“When we saw this, we tried as hard as we could to show that this picture wasn’t right,” he told Al-Jadeed, pointing to a location on the ground where he said she was standing when the photo was taken.

The girl and her father spoke during a separate report broadcast Saturday on Al-Manar from outside their home.

“I live in Tayr Filsey, not Madaya, and I am fine,” she said.”

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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Syrian soldiers pose for photos demonstrating the jubilation they experienced after delivering the knockout blow to Nusra/Alqaeda at West Al-Samadaaniyya in the Golan Heights.  Both the SAA and PDC combined their forces to successfully eradicate the rodent presence from this picturesque village.  The net result is that both Nusra and the so-called FSA-Southern Front have had their supply lines cut between the villages of Burayqa and Bi`r Al-‘Ajam from the direction of Al-Hameediyya to Jibaataa Al-Khashab.  These are the largest centers of activity for the Nusra/Alqaeda rodents.  A major development for our army.





Maheen Town:  It was first liberated then taken back by ISIS.  Today, it is liberated again by the Syrian Army and Popular Defense Committees made up of mostly people from this region.  The losses to ISIS are described as catastrophic with carcasses spread all over the rural countryside as the SAAF pounced on escaping rodents killing most of them.  The SAA also captured scores of mostly foreign rodents belonging to ISIS and is now interrogating them.  If they had falled into the hands of the PDC, they all would have been executed – that is how deep the hatred runs among the local fighters.  (Thanks to Khaled Nawaz Al-Nouri)

الجيش يحسم معركة

Hawwaareen and Al-Hadath:  SAA has struck heavily here in preparation for the final assault.  Fortifications and flatbeds with 23mm cannons are reported destroyed.  I have no other details.


The SAA has now cut off all supply lines to the villages of Al-Qaryatayn, Marmalat Al-Qaryatayn and Al-Ramliyya as a prelude to the pounding the rats are going to get from reinforcements who have been introduced over the last few days in the way of artillery.  The SAA has also taken control of the dairy and wheat facilities near Mahassa where they also found a large cache of weapons and ammunition taken from the Iraqi army.


Waadi Al-Zakaara Entrance:  The SAA repelled an attack by ISIS coming from the direction of the quarries.  No other details.


Abu ‘Alaayaa:  The SAA foiled another attack from the direction of Al-Sultaaniyya.  The Russian Air Force played a distinguished role here by hitting 4 trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition, destroying 4 pickups with 23mm cannons and a BMM armored car.


Syrian Air Force bombers struck ISIS at Tayr Ma’la also.



 الجيش يحبط هجوماً لـ

CITY:  At Al-Bajaabija and Al-Baduw Neighborhoods and the Old Customs Building, the SAA struck hard at the Liwaa` Tawheed Al-Janoob which is all but finished now as an organization as 40 of them surrendered yesterday and pleaded for amnesty.  Here are the confirmed dead rats announced by the rodent-supporting terrorist media:

Iyaad Ahmad Anees Al-Haaj-‘Ali

‘Alaa` Jaabir Al-Khalaf

‘Abdullah Sameer Al-Faa’oori

Ahmad Mizyad Al-Mawsili

Yahyaa ‘Abdul-Hakeem Qaseem Al-Maf’alaani

Haazim Shukri Abu-Habl

Jalaal Faaris Bunyaan Al-Hareeri

Hameed Khaalid Al-Shu’aabeen

‘Abbood ‘Adnaan Al-Masri

Mahmoud Yaasir Al-Masaalima

Husaam ‘Abdul-Hameed Al-Dayri

Usaamaa Hussayn ‘Ali Al-Saa’idi

Yusuf Radhwaan Al-Daagher


May they all burn in Hell.



الجيش يحكم سيطرته على الصمدانية الغربية بالقنيطرة

Doumaa:  A tunnel has been discovered by the SAA 4 days ago.  It was dug between Hawsh Al-Faara and Hawsh Nasri.  

Today, the SAAF continued harrying the ‘Allooshi remnants by hitting another HQ very hard.  No details.

The RuAF also spotted a network of anti-aircraft missile batteries stolen from the Syrian Army.  Apparently, the weapons were not useful to the terrorist rats.  The entire base was destroyed.

The Syrian Army, using new and extremely precise weapons, bombarded Jaysh Al-Islam at the ‘Aaliya Farms, Al-Hijaariyya and at the West Medical Roundabout killing these vultures:

Yaseen Sulaymaan

‘Abdullah Al-Maghribi

Muhammad Injeelaa

Salaah Al-Wazeer

Muhammad Khayr Qattaan


Yarmouk Camp:  About 4,000 rodents and their illegitimate offspring and concubines are leaving the camp over the next few hours.


Marj Al-Sultaan area:  Despite efforts to introduce a cease fire, the SAA continues to batter rodents scurrying on the road between Marj Al-Sultaan and Al-Nishaabiyya deep in the Eastern Ghoutaa.  Today, the army these:


Ghassaan Al-Saa’oor

Jamaal Bakri

Muhammad Harmoosh

Raami Darweesh


‘Irbeen and Jawbar:  SAA and PDC killed these mice:

Yahyaa ‘Abdullah Al-Shaykh

Mahmoud Al-Shinn

‘Umar Saalim

‘Alaa` Al-Badawi

Badawi Al-‘Irbeeni (Id pending)





‘Ayn ‘Issa in the area of Al-Fateesa:  This is in the north rural area of the province.  At 4:00 a.m. (Damascus time), a team of SAA commandos invaded a nest of ISIS rodents killing 3 and taking 2 prisoner.


Tal Abyadh:  ISIS attacked at the Asaabeesh HQ of the PYG, but, were thwarted by the Russian Air Force flying Su-34s which decimated their ranks putting them to flight.




الجيش يوسع نطاق سيطرته في منطقة مرج السلطان بريف دمشق

The Syrian Army has liberated the entire west bank of the Al-Kabeer River on the Turk border all the way to Al-Sarraaf Town in an area radiating out to Kubaanaa and Al-Sirmaaniyya.


Point 1044 has been liberated with over 17 rodents counted dead as of 3 days ago.  IEDs were dismantled by sappers.


Burj Al-Qasab:  Liberated with many rodents killed or wounded.


Elevation 1112 south of Sirmaaniyya has been totally deloused.
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Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria



Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria


Over the past five years, the increasingly ridiculous propaganda against President al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has ranged from the scripted (OTPOR fomented -“revolution“) “peaceful protesters under fire” rhetoric, to other deceitful lexicon like “civil war,” and “moderate rebels.”

As the intervention campaigns continue with new terrorist and “humanitarian” actors (literally) constantly emerging in the NATO-alliance’s theatre of death squads, it is worth reviewing some of the important points regarding the war on Syria.


Million Person Marches

On March 29, 2011 (less than two weeks into the fantasy “revolution”) over 6 million people across Syria took to the streets in support of President al-Assad. In June, a reported hundreds of thousands marched in Damascus in support of the president, with a 2.3 km long Syrian flag. In November, 2011 (9 months into the chaos), masses again held demonstrations supporting President al-Assad, notably in Homs (the so-called “capital of the ‘revolution’”), Dara’a (the so-called “birthplace of the ‘revolution’”), Deir ez-Zour, Raqqa, Latakia, and Damascus.

Mass demonstrations like this have occurred repeatedly since, including in March 2012, in May 2014 in the lead-up to Presidential elections, and in June 2015, to note just some of the larger rallies.

In May 2013, it was reported that even NATO recognized the Syrian president’s increased popularity. “The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support” the Assad government. At present, the number is now at least 80 percent.

The most telling barometer of Assad’s support base was the Presidential elections in June 2014, which saw 74 percent (11.6 million) of 15.8 million registered Syrian voters vote, with President al-Assad winning 88 percent of the votes. The lengths Syrians outside of Syria went to in order to voteincluded flooding the Syrian embassy in Beirut for two full days (and walking several kilometres to get there) and flying from countries with closed Syrian embassies to Damascus airport simply to cast their votes. Within Syria, Syrians braved terrorist mortars and rockets designed to keep them from voting; 151 shells were fired on Damascus alone, killing 5 and maiming 33 Syrians.

For a more detailed look at his broad base of popular support, see Professor Tim Anderson’s “Why Syrians Support Bashar al Assad.”

A handout picture released on July 26, 2015 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad waving to the crowd following a speech in the capital Damascus. (AFP Photo)

The Reforms

Prior to the events of March 2011 Syrians did have legitimate desires for specific reforms, many of which were implemented from the beginning of the unrest. In fact, President al-Assad made reforms prior to and following March 17, 2011.

Stephen Gowans noted some of those early reforms, including:

  • Canceling the Emergency Law;
  • Amending the the constitution and putting it to a referendum [8.4 million Syrians voted; 7.5 million voted in favour of the constitution];
  • Scheduling, then holding, multi-party parliamentary and presidential elections

The constitution, according to Gowans, “mandated that the government maintain a role in guiding the economy on behalf of Syrian interests, and that the Syrian government would not make Syrians work for the interests of Western banks, oil companies, and other corporations.”

It also included:

  • “security against sickness, disability and old age; access to health care; free education at all levels”
  • a provision “requiring that at minimum half the members of the People’s Assembly are to be drawn from the ranks of peasants and workers.”

Political commentator Jay Tharappel further articulated:

The new constitution introduced a multi-party political system in the sense that the eligibility of political parties to participate isn’t based on the discretionary permission of the Baath party or on reservations, rather on a constitutional criteria….the new constitution forbids political parties that are based on religion, sect or ethnicity, or which are inherently discriminatory towards one’s gender or race. (2012: Art.8)

No surprise that NATO’s exile-Syrian pawns refused the reforms and a constitution which ensures a sovereign Syria secure from the claws of multi-national corporations and Western banks.

In his article, “Decriminalising Bashar – towards a more effective anti-war movement,” writer Carlos Martinez outlined Syria’s positives, including its anti-imperialist, socialist policies; its secularism and multiculturalism; and—poignantly—its continued support for Palestinians and anti-Zionist stance.

These are all points that contradict the lies spewed over the past nearly five years, and shatter the feeble justification for continuing to wage war on Syria.

Twisting the Numbers to Serve the War Agenda

The number and nature of Syrians killed varies depending on which list one consults. Many talking heads draw from one sole source, UK-based SyrianRami Abdulrahman of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights(SOHR) (run out of his home and based on information provided largely by unnamed “activists”). Abdulrahman hasn’t been to Syria for 15 years, and, as Tony Cartalucci noted, is “a member of the so-called ‘Syrian opposition’ and seeks the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.” Further, Cartalucci explained, “Abdul Rahman’s operation is indeed funded by the European Union and a “European country” he refuses to identify.” So not an impartial source.

In her February 2012 “Questioning the Syrian Casualty List“, political analyst Sharmine Narwani laid out the logistical difficulties of collating the number of deaths, including:

  • Different casualty lists and difficulty confirming accuracy of any of them.
  • Lack of information on: how deaths were verified and by whom and from what motivation.
  • Lack of information on the dead: civilian, pro or anti government civilians; armed groups; Syrian security forces?”

She found that one early casualty list included 29 Palestinian refugees “killed by Israeli fire on the Golan Heights on 15 May 2011 and 5 June 2011 when protesters congregated on Syria’s armistice line with Israel.”

Jay Tharappel looked at two of the other prime groups cited regarding casualties in Syria: the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) and the Violations Documentation Center (VDC).

He noted that neither of the groups “are ‘independent’ in the sense that they function merely to provide facts, they’re all open about their agenda to overthrow the Syrian government…and for the imposition of a no-fly zone on behalf of the ‘moderate rebels’, whoever they are.”

Further, according to Tharappel, “the SNHR doesn’t provide any evidence to substantiate its assertions about the numbers killed by government forces. They claim to have ‘documented [victims] by full name, place, and date of death,’ however none of these can be found on their website.”

Regarding the VDC, he wrote, “there are good reasons to believe the VDC is listing dead insurgents as civilians, as well as mislabeling dead government soldiers as FSA fighters.”

One example he cited was the listing of a Jaysh al-Islam militant, ‘Hisham Al-Sheikh Bakri’, killed by the SAA in Douma (infested with Jaysh al-Islam terrorists), in February 2015, which al-Masdar News reported. The VDC alsolisted ‘Hisham Abd al-Aziz al-Shaikh Bakri’, “however this one is listed as an adult male civilian and not a Jaish Al-Islam fighter,” Tharappel wrote.

Even embedded war reporter Nir Rosen, Tharappel recalled, in 2012 wrote:

Every day the opposition gives a death toll, usually without any explanation of the cause of the deaths. Many of those reported killed are in fact dead opposition fighters, but the cause of their death is hidden and they are described in reports as innocent civilians killed by security forces, as if they were all merely protesting or sitting in their homes.

It would be an understatement to say there are considerable, and intentional, inaccuracies in the lists of these groups. In fact, most of the aforementioned groups fail to note what commentators like Paul Larudee did:

The UN estimates 220,000 deaths thus far in the Syrian war. But almost half are Syrian army soldiers or allied local militia fighters, and two thirds are combatants if we count opposition fighters. Either way, the ratio of civilian to military casualties is roughly 1:2, given that the opposition is also inflicting civilian casualties. Compare that to the roughly 3:1 ratio in the US war in Iraq and 4:1 in the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008-9. (The rate of Palestinian to Israeli casualties was an astronomical 100:1.)

“Leftists” Keeping the Myths Alive

Public figures like Owen Jones, and pro-Palestinian sites like the Middle East Eye and the Electronic Intifada, have a following for their more palatable (and safe) solidarity stance on Palestine, but routinely spew rhetoric against Syria, which is then echoed by their well-intentioned, if very misinformed, followers.

Much of grassroots “Leftists”’ anti-Syria propaganda is as poisonous as corporate media. Routinely, at ostensibly anti-war/anti-Imperialist gatherings, the anti-Syria narrative is predominant.

For example, at the March 2015 World Social Forum in Tunis, some Syria-specific panels spun the fairy tale of “revolutionaries” in Syria, one panel alleging: “The protests in Syria were peaceful for almost six or seven months; 6-7000 unarmed people were killed; only then did ‘rebels’ eventually take up arms.”

Yet, it is known that from the beginning, in Dara’a  and throughout Syria, armed protesters were firing upon, and butchering, security forces and civilians. Tim Anderson’s “Syria: how the violence began, in Daraa” pointed out that police were killed by snipers in the March 17/18 protests; the Syrian army was only brought to Dara’a following the murder of the policemen. Additionally, a storage of protesters’ weapons was found in Dara’a’s al-Omari mosque.

Prem Shankar Jha’s, “Who Fired The First Shot?” described the slaughter of 20 Syrian soldiers outside Dara’a a month later, “by cutting their throats, and cutting off the head of one of the soldiers.” A very “moderate”-rebel practice.

In “Syria: The Hidden Massacre” Sharmine Narwani investigated the early massacres of Syrian soldiers, noting that many of the murders occurred even after the Syrian government had abolished the state security courts, lifted the state of emergency, granted general amnesties, and recognized the right to peaceful protest.

The April 10, 2011 murder of Banyas farmer Nidal Janoud was one of the first horrific murders of Syrian civilians by so-called “unarmed protesters.” Face gashed open, mutilated and bleeding, Janoud was paraded by an armed mob, who then hacked him to death.

Father Frans Van der Ludt—the Dutch priest living in Syria for nearly 5 decades prior to his April 7, 2014 assassination by militants occupying the old city of Homs—wrote (repeatedly) of the “armed demonstrators” he saw in early protests, “who began to shoot at the police first.”

May 2011 video footage of later-resigned Al Jazeera journalist Ali Hashem shows fighters entering Syria from Lebanon, carrying guns and RPGs (Hashem stated he’d likewise seen fighters entering in April). Al Jazeera refused to air the May footage, telling Hashem to ‘forget there are armed men.’ [See: Sharmine Narwani’s “Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline””] Unarmed protesters?


The Sectarian Card: Slogans and Massacres

What sectarianism we see in Syria today was delivered primarily by the Wahabi and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and by Turkey, with NATO’s blessing and backing. The cross-sect make-up of both the Syrian State and the Syrian army alone speaks of Syria’s intentional secularism, as well as the prevalent refusal of average Syrians to self-identify along sectarian lines.

On the other hand, from the beginning, the West’s “nonviolent protesters” were chanting sectarian slogans, notably, “Christians to Beirut, Alawis to the grave.” Other popular chants included: calling for the extermination of all Alawis; pledging allegiance to Saudi-based extremist Syrian Sheikh Adnan Arour and to extremist MB supporting Egyptian Sheikh, Yusuf al-Qardawi.

Qatar-based Qaradawi advocates killing Syrian civilians: “It is OK to kill one third of the Syrian population if it leads to the toppling of the heretical regime.” The inflammatory Arour said about Syria’s Alawis: “By Allah we shall mince them in meat grinders and feed their flesh to the dogs.”

The NATO alliance’s terrorists have committed numerous massacres of Syrian civilians and soldiers, many of which were intended to sow sectarianism, including:

  • The June 2011 Jisr al Shugour, Idlib, massacre of up to 120 people (soldiers and civilians) by between 500-600 so-called FSA terrorists; blamed on the SAA as having killed “military deserters”. [see Prem Shankar Jha’s  article“Syria – Who fired the first shot?”]
  • The Houla massacre of over 100 civilians on May 25, 2012, which only 2 days later the UN claimed—without an investigation— had been committed by the Syrian Army. [See Tim Anderson’s detailed rebuttal, “The Houla Massacre Revisited: “Official Truth” in the Dirty War on Syria” In the same article, Anderson also looked at the August 2012 Daraya massacre of 245 people and the December 2012 Aqrab massacre of up to 150 villagers.
  • The August 2013 massacre of at least 220 civilians (including a fetus, many children, women, elderly) and kidnapping of at least 100 (mostly women and children) in villages in the Latakia countryside.
  • The December 2013 massacre of at least 80 residents (many “slaughtered like sheep”, decapitated, burned in bakery ovens) in Adra industrial village.
  • The continued terrorist-mortaring of civilian areas and schools; the repeated terrorist-car-bombing of civilian areas and schools. [see: “The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians”]

Yet, in spite of outside forces attempts to sow sectarianism in Syria, the vast majority of Syrian people refuse it. Re-visiting Syria in July 2015, Professor Tim Anderson recounted that Latakia alone “has grown from 1.3 million to around 3 million people – they come from all parts, not just Aleppo, also Hama, Deir eZorr, and other areas.” He also visited Sweida, a mainly Druze region, which has accommodated “135,000 families, mainly from Daraa – others from other parts”. Mainly Sunni families.


The Syrian “Civil War”?!

Given that:

  • At least 80,000 terrorists from over 80 countries are fighting as mercenaries in Syria;
  • Israel has repeatedly bombed Syria [examples herehere and here];
  • Israel is treating al-Qaeda terrorists in their hospitals and enabling their transit back and forth into Syria, as well as arming them—even Israeli media have reported that Israel is providing aid to al-Qaeda terrorists; even the UN has reported on Israeli soldiers interacting with Jebhat al-Nusra in the occupied Syrian Golan;
  • Turkey is not only arming and funneling terrorists into Syria but also repeatedly co-attacks Syria;
  • the whole crisis was manufactured in imperialist think tanks years before the 2011 events;

…“Civil war” is the absolute last term that could be used to describe the war on Syria.

In 2002, then-Under Secretary of State John Bolton added Syria (and Libya, Cuba) to the “rogue states” of George W Bush’s “Axis of Evil,”…meaning Syria was on the list of countries to “bring democracy to” (aka destroy) even back then.

Anthony Cartalucci’s “US Planned Syrian Civilian Catastrophe Since 2007” laid out a number of pivotal statements and events regarding not only the war on Syria but also the events which would be falsely-dubbed the “Arab Spring.”

Points include:

  • General Wesley Clark’s revelation of US plans to destroy the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.
  • Seymour Hersh’s 2007 “The Redirection” on NATO and allies’ arming and training of sectarian extremists to create sectarian divide in Lebanon, Syria and beyond.

The 2009 Brookings Institution report, “Which Path to Persia?”, on plans to weaken Syria and Lebanon, to later attack Iran.

Further, Stephen Gowans reported:

  • U.S. funding to the Syrian opposition began flowing under the Bush administration in 2005.
  • Since its founding in October 2011, the Syrian National Council has received $20.4 million from Libya, $15 million from Qatar, $5 million from the UAE.

Former French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Roland Dumas, in a June 2013 TV interview spoke of his meeting (two years prior) with British officials who confessed that:

Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned.

More recent evidence of the NATO-alliance plot against Syria includes a June 2012 NY Times article noting the CIA support for “rebels” in Syria, including providing and funneling “automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons” from Turkey to Syria.

The article said:

A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.

In October 2014, Serena Shim, a US journalist working for Press TV, was killed in a highly suspicious car crash near Turkey’s border with Syria shortly after reporting she had been threatened by Turkish intelligence. Shim hadpreviously reported she had photos of “militants going in through the Turkish border…I’ve got images of them in World Food Organization trucks.”

Similar statements have been made. For example, testimony of a Turkish driver explaining “how vehicles would be accompanied by MİT agents during the trip, which would start from the Atme camp in Syria and end at the border town of Akçakale in Şanlıurfa Province, where the militants and cargo would reenter Syria.”

In July, 2015, Press TV reported that terrorists caught in Aleppo confessed to receiving training by US and Gulf personnel in Turkey.

As I wrote, “in a November 2014 report, the Secretary-General mentioned the presence of al-Nusra and other terrorists in the ceasefire area ‘unloading weapons from a truck,’ as well as a ‘vehicle with a mounted anti-aircraft gun’ and Israeli ‘interactions’ with ‘armed gangs.’”

Given all of this, and America’s plan to train up to 15,000 more “rebels” over the next three years, it is beyond ridiculous that the inappropriate term “civil war” continues to be propagated.

DA’ESH and Other Moderates

In June, 2015, Anthony Cartalucci wrote about a recently-released 2012 Department of Defense document which admitted that the US foresaw ISIS’ establishing a “Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want….”

He outlined the flow of weapons and terrorists from Libya to Syria, via Turkey, “coordinated by US State Department officials and intelligence agencies in Benghazi – a terrorist hotbed for decades,” as well as weapons from Eastern Europe.

Earlier “moderates” include the Farouq Brigades‘ (of the so-called “FSA”)organ-eating terrorist “Abu Sakkar,” and those numerous “FSA” and al-Nusra militants who committed the massacres listed above, to name but a portion.

“Human Rights” Front Groups Promoting War Rhetoric

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Avaaz, Moveon, and lesser-known, newly-created groups like The Syria Campaign, The White Helmets, and Action Group for Palestinians in Syria, are complicit in war-propagandizing and even calling for a (Libya 2.0) no-fly-zone bombing campaign of Syria.

On HRW, geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser noted:

Human Rights Watch is undeniably an appendage of US foreign policy. It is in many ways part of the ‘soft power’ arm of US power projection, a means of delegitimizing, demonizing, and otherwise destabilizing countries that do not play ball with the US…

Vigilant Twitter users have called out HRW’s lying Ken Roth for tweeting a photo he claimed to be Aleppo’s destruction from “barrel bombs” but which was, in fact, Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) post-Da’esh attacks and US-coalition bombs. In another outrageous case, Roth tweeted a video of the flattened al-Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza, devastated by Israeli bombing in 2014, purporting it to be Aleppo.

Again, he was called out, forcing a weak retraction. Post-retraction, he tweeted yet another image of destruction, again claiming it to be from “Assad’s barrel bombs” but which was according to the photo bylineHamidiyeh, Aleppo, where “local popular committee fighters, who support the Syrian government forces, try to defend the traditionally Christian district” against ISIS.

On Amnesty International, Anthony Cartalucci wrote:

Amnesty does take money from both governments and corporate-financier interests, one of the most notorious of which, Open Society, is headed by convicted financial criminal George Soros (whose Open Society also funds Human Rights Watch and a myriad of other “human rights” advocates). Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, for instance, was drawn directly from the US State Department…

Highlighting just one instance of AI’s slick maneuvering, Rick Sterling, in hisMay 2015 “Eight Problems with Amnesty’s Report on Aleppo Syria” outed Amnesty for not only normalizing sending weapons to terrorists in Syria but suggesting how to do so in an underhand means.

He emphasized:

This is an amazing statement, effectively sanctioning the supplying of arms to insurgents who agree to follow ‘humanitarian’ rules of war.

Sterling further noted that Amnesty:

  • relied on groups “either based in, or receiving funds from, Turkey, USA or one of the other countries heavily involved in seeking overthrow of the Damascus government.
  • did not seek testimonies from the “two-thirds of the displaced persons in Syria INSIDE Syria…people who fled Aleppo and are now living in Homs, Latakia, Damascus or in Aleppo under government control.”

In “Humanitarians for War on Syria” Sterling elaborated on the intervention campaign:

The goal is to prepare the public for a “No Fly Zone” enforced by US and other military powers. This is how the invasion of Iraq began. This is how the public was prepared for the US/NATO air attack on Libya.

The results of western ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya have been disastrous. …Avaaz is ramping up its campaign trying to reach 1 million people signing a petition for a “Safe Zone” in Syria.

Sterling wrote on the  “White Helmets”, “created by the UK and USA in 2013. Civilians from rebel controlled territory were paid to go to Turkey to receive some training in rescue operations. The program was managed by James Le Mesurier, a former British soldier and private contractor…” He noted the ties between WH and anti-Syria actors, including Jabat al-Nusra. One example of their propaganda: “Video of the recent alleged chlorine gas attacks starts with the White Helmet logo and continues with the logo of Nusra. In reality, White Helmets is a small rescue team for Nusra/Al Queda (sic).”

Vanessa Beeley’s “‘White Helmets’: New Breed of Mercenaries and Propagandists, Disguised as ‘Humanitarians’ in Syria” further flushed out the propaganda elements of the WH operation and their parroting of the MSM/HR industry anti-Syrian rhetoric.

The list of “humanitarian” actors is long, and the list of their war-propagating lies even longer. [see: “Human Rights” front groups (“Humanitarian Interventionalists”) warring on Syria]

The Yarmouk Card

A district of Damascus formerly housing over one million residents, of whom 160,000 were Palestinian refugees, according to the UN, the rest Syrians, the plight of Yarmouk neighbourhood has been used by “humanitarian” campaigners to pull at heartstrings and to further confuse supporters of Palestine on the subject of Syria and the State’s treatment of Palestinians. In fact, Syria has been one of Palestine’s greatest advocates and friends, providing Palestinian refugees in Syria with a quality of life equal to that of Syrians, including free education, health care and other social services. The same cannot even remotely be said of any of Palestine’s neighbouring countries, where Palestinian refugees languish in abysmal refugee camps and are denied the right to professional employment, and affordable and quality health care and education, much less dignity.

The United Nations, the HR industry, and the media obfuscate on Yarmouk, ignoring or whitewashing both the presence of various terrorist groups and the role of some Palestinian factions in enabling these groups entry, as well as fighting alongside them against the Syrian government. Talking heads also pointedly ignore the Syrian government-facilitated evacuations of Yarmouk residents to government, community, and UN provided shelters.

They likewise ignore the documented repeated and continuous terrorists attacks on government and other aid distribution within the neighbourhood, as well as on anti-terrorist demonstrations held by Yarmouk residents.

One such demonstration occurred in May 2013, with UK-media Sky News’ Tim Marshall present as demonstrators came under so-called “rebel” fire.

He reported:

…Some screamed at us: “Please tell the world the truth! We don’t want the fighters here, we want the army to kill them!”… About 1,000 people were in the demonstration. …The shooting began almost immediately. A man went down, followed by others. …As they passed us a man stopped and shouted that he was sure the fighters were not Syrians but men paid to come to Damascus and kill people…

In his April 2015 “Who Are the Starving and Besieged Residents of Yarmouk and Why Are They There?” Paul Larudee asked:

Who are the remaining civilians and why are they refusing to evacuate to outside shelter like so many others? Local humanitarian relief supervisors report (personal communication) that some of them are not from Yarmouk and some are not Palestinian. They include the families of Syrian and foreign fighters that are trying to overthrow the Syrian government by force of arms, and some of them came from districts adjacent to Yarmouk, such as the Daesh stronghold of Hajar al-Aswad.

Larudee’s article further addressed the issues of:

  • the Syrian government allowing food aid into the district: “…it has allowed the stockpiling of supplies on the edge of the camp and it has permitted civilians from inside to collect and distribute the aid….”
  • the Syrian military’s siege tactic (combined with evacuation of civilians): “The objective is to remove the civilians from the area as much as possible and then attack the enemy or provoke surrender…”

Analyst Sharmine Narwani observed:

The Syrian government has every right to blockade the border areas between Yarmouk and Damascus to prevent extremist gunmen from entering the capital. I have been in Yarmouk several times, including last year, and have talked to aid workers inside the camp, including UNRWA. The Syrian government, in their view, assists in getting aid and food to refugee populations inside the camp – contrary to western narratives and those activists like the EI activists…most of whom appear not to have set foot inside Yarmouk since the early days of the conflict.

Although the figure of 18,000 remaining Palestinians in Yarmouk may have been accurate in October 2013, today, after the evacuation of thousands, anti-Syria publications continue to cite 18,000. Journalist Lizzie Phelan, who visited Yarmouk in September 2015, says the number remaining is around 4,000.

Most media and HR groups are not reporting that there are Palestinian fightersfighting alongside the SAA, in Yarmouk and other parts of Syria, against the NATO-alliance’s fighters.

Al Masdar News reported in June 2015:

…ISIS originally launched a successful offensive at the Yarmouk Camp District in the month of March; however, after a joint counter-assault by the PFLP-GC, Fatah Al-Intifada, the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), and members of Aknef Al-Maqdis; ISIS was forced to withdrawal to the southern sector of the district, leaving only the southern axis under their control.

Sharmine Narwani’s “Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?” is essential reading, to understand the current situation in Syria vis-a-vis its Palestinian refugees. As for Palestinians themselves, the Syria Solidarity Movement published a statement which emphasized that “more than 1101 Palestinian groups and individuals declare their solidarity with the Syrian people and the Syrian state.” Signatories include Jerusalem’s Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the Palestinian Popular Forum, Yarmouk, and other Palestinian Yarmouk residents.

Serial Chemical Offenders Remain at Large

Israel has on more than one occasion used prohibited chemical and other weapons on the locked-down nearly 2 million Palestinians of Gaza. During the 2008/2009 Israeli massacre of Gaza, the Israeli army rained white phosphorous on schools sheltering displaced Palestinian families, on homes, and on hospitals (of which I gathered video, photo and witness evidence at the time). Israel also used DIME on the Palestinians of Gaza. Yet, Israel remains unpunished, and receives ever increasing billions of dollars and new weaponry every year. Nor has the US ever been held accountable for its widespread criminal use of CW, such as on the people of Vietnam, of Iraq.

The US and HR actors have repeatedly—and without evidence—accused Syria of using Sarin gas, then Chlorine, accusations which have been amply refuted.Seymour Hersh’s probe on the sarin attacks was so damning US mainstream media wouldn’t print it.

In rebuttal to the May 2015 accusation of chlorine attacks — as always followed with human rights groups’ calls for a No-Fly Zone —Stephen Gowans wrote:

As a weapon, chlorine gas is exceedingly ineffective. It is lethal only in highly concentrated doses and where medical treatment is not immediately available. It is far less effective than conventional weapons. Why, then, would the Syrian army use a highly ineffective weapon, which is deplored by world public opinion, and whose use would provide the United States a pretext to directly intervene militarily in Syria, when it has far more effective conventional weapons, which are not deplored by world public opinion, and whose use does not deliver a pretext to Washington to intervene? (See also Gowans’ “New York Times Complicit in Spreading False Syria Allegations”)

Tim Anderson investigated the August 2013 Ghouta attacks, pointing out:

  • UN investigator Carla del Ponte had testimony from victims that ‘rebels’ had used sarin gas in a prior attack
  • Turkish security forces sarin in the homes of Jabhat al Nusra fighters.
  • Evidence of video manipulation in the Ghouta attacks.
  • “Parents identified children in photos as those kidnapped in Latakia, two weeks earlier.”
  • “CW had been supplied by Saudis to ‘rebel’ groups, some locals had died due to mishandling.”
  • “Three of five CW attacks were ‘against soldiers’ or ‘against soldiers and civilians’.”

The Interventionalists have tried repeatedly to accuse the Syrian government of CWs usage; yet the real criminals remain at large.


Against Incitement, For Peace

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, in May, 2015, said that spreading incitement and lies on Syria is a blatant violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution No. 1624 for 2005 and of journalism ethics if any, SANA reported.

Syrian media, which attempts to report the reality of Syria under attack, has been repeatedly targeted, something the MSM refuses to acknowledge (See:Media Black-Out on Arab Journalists and Civilians Beheaded in Syria by Western-Backed Mercenaries).

As the NATO-alliance pushes for a “safe zone”…meaning a “no-fly zone” for the purpose of bombing Syria, anti-war activists and journalists must denounce the lies of anti-Syria governments and “human rights” groups, and must share the truth of Syria’s war against terrorism.


Since drafting this lengthy Syria-101 overview, there have been major shifts in Syria’s war against foreign-backed terrorism, namely Russia’s recent airstrikes against Da’esh and co. This increase in Russian support for Syria—with Russian planes destroying more Da’esh and other western-backed terrorists and their training camps in just a few days than the US coalition has over the past year—is a turning point in the war on Syria. Predictably, corporate media are pulling all the stops to demonize Russia‘s involvement, although Russia was invited by the Syrian government to do precisely what it is doing.

Those following Syria closely have echoed what Syrian leadership has said for years and continues to say: the way to stop ISIS and all its brethren terrorist factions, and to bring security to the region, is to cease arming, financing, training and funneling terrorists and weapons into Syria, silence the sectarian indoctrination coming from Gulf extremist sheikhs, and support the Syrian army and allies in their fight for security and stability in Syria.

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian freelance journalist and activist who has lived in and written from the Gaza Strip, Syria, and Lebanon. Follow her work on her blog


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